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05-06-2005 02:17 AM  13 years agoPost 1


Franklin, Wisconsin

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I just bought a Corona 120, because everyone says it's a good beginner Heli.
What do you guys suggest for a flight sim that would somewhat duplicate this heli?

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05-06-2005 02:54 AM  13 years agoPost 2


São Paulo - Brazil

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Any of the current sims in the market are fairly good for learning how to deal with the sticks. I have personally learned on the G2, but currently using XTR.

My advice is to reduce the time compression (make it slower than actual) to start, than you speed up. I do this with every new trick, and certainlly accelerate the learning process.

05-06-2005 05:16 PM  13 years agoPost 3


Vancouver - Canada

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My experience is that Realflight is more user friendly, has a better interface, more features and fun to use, but the XTR is more realistic and has a better model simulation.

Either will do.

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05-06-2005 05:17 PM  13 years agoPost 4

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I have G2 and love. I would get XTR, I just don't want to have too many sims around. G2 has done everything I have asked it to do. Since G3 has come out, you can probably get a good deal on one too.

05-06-2005 07:06 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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depends on your computer and budget
find a used G2 and it will work on most systems
for the money a great start
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05-07-2005 02:51 AM  13 years agoPost 6


South Jordan, UT - United States of America

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I'd personally start with FMS (assuming you have something that can be used as a transmitter interface -- I started out using a Lotitech Wingman gamepad --it has two analog joysticks.)

FMS itself is free. (FMS=Free Model Sim) You can download it here: FMS Homepage

If you don't have any kind of transmitter interface, I'd suggest the the Logitech Wingman gamepad (the one with the analog joysticks), which is $20-30. It isn't a 'real' transmitter, doesn't even have the same shape, etc -- but it's got two sticks for your thumbs, which is 95% of what you need. Plus it can be used for video games... ('course that can be a downside too...)

Of course, for all I know, you may be able to get a full G2 setup for that cost. And G2 is quite a bit better than FMS. And, of course, G3 and Reflex (XTR) are quite a bit better than G2...

But for just starting out -- FMS is great -- it doesn't matter how far from being 'real' it is, because your 'dumb thumbs' won't know the difference. FMS certainly helped me out a lot. Most importantly, you can get FMS now, this very instant. You don't have to go to the hobby shop, wait for the mailman, etc.

After you can handle FMS OK, you can move to RealFlight or Reflex and realize just how far FMS still has to go...

But FMS's simplicity is also a virtue -- it's easy to get overwhelmed when you're just starting out; FMS gives you less to fret over, and once you have it down, one of the commercial sims won't be anywhere near as daunting.

Whatever you do, don't go from FMS straight to the real thing.

The last thing I want in a heli is a few loose screws.

05-07-2005 03:43 AM  13 years agoPost 7

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Whatever you do, don't go from FMS straight to the real thing.
Hmmm, but that's just what I did. I have tried the other Sims but never bought one. FMS will work all the way if you have the patience.

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